Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts
Bright Along the Body is a collection of poetry that explores the nature of desire within the liminal space of marriage. The poems fuse domestic, garden, and urban wildlife imagery to explore the speaker's conflicting physical, spiritual, and emotional desires. The speaker subverts her own longings by cultivating a psychological space that is beautiful and lonely, representing transcendence that may be read as dissociation. Feminist themes of safety and independence inform the collection, which is sectioned in three parts to represent conflict, interiority, and resolution. The poems are stylistically diverse and music-rich, showing affinity for both contemporary poetry and tradition.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Roach, Ashley Michelle, "Bright Along the Body" (2016). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1569.